Youth Rugby Reports, U13, U14, U16, U18 & U15 Girls

Mitsibushi Motors U13/U14 West Conference
Kilmarnock U13/U14 v Oban Lorne, Sunday 19th November

Oban Lorne travelled to take on Kilmarnock for fixtures a U13 & U14 level on Sunday. A depleted Oban U13 side mixed with Kilmarnock to make up numbers with the hosts running out comfortable winners. The U14 game was a much closer affair with Oban going down 15-3.
This Sunday Oban are scheduled to host Waysiders Drumpellier in the last West U13/U14 games for the season

Mitsibushi Motors U16 West Conference
Oban Lorne U16 46-15 Kilmarnock, Sunday 19th November, North Connel

Oban Lorne’s U16 side rounded off an impressive league campaign on Sunday with a comfortable 46-15 win against a hard working Kilmarnock side. The league has brought some impressive results so far for the Oban team who have won all but one game, a defeat to top of the league Stewartry RFC. A strong squad of 20 players was available on Sunday all looking to impress their coaches ahead of the U16 Schools Bowl Final at BT Murrayfield on the 6th of December.
A big crowd gathered a North Connel with Glencruitten still being closed and unavailable for the game. Oban took and early lead with a try from Ross McCaskill under the posts converted by Angus Neil for a 7-0 lead. Two quick tries followed for winger Ellie Hunter, both setup by some good play in the backline that extended the score to 19-0 with another Neil conversion.
Oban extended their lead again with a penalty followed by an impressive 50 metre run by fullback Jordan Norman giving Oban their fourth try of the game and a 29-0 halftime lead.
The second half was a closer affair with Oban’s discipline letting them down at times. Despite this the lead was again extended as McCaskill scored his second off the day as the powerful forward ran in from 40 meters after gathering a loose ball at the lineout. Kilmarnock failed to put their heads down and responded with a well deserved try taking the score to 34-5.
Both sides scored twice in the closing stages. Oban’s efforts came through a powerful burst by Connor Taylor and the second try from Winger Aaron McCall. Fulltime score 46-15 to Oban Lorne.
Sundays result completes Oban’s U16 League campaign for the 2017 season. Oban currently top the league on 16 points but could be piped to the league title by Stewartry who still have a game in hand.
Oban U16s will continue to compete in friendly fixtures and the West U16 League Cup for the remainder of the season.

Mitsibushi Motors West U18 Conference
Cambuslang/ Uddingston U18 15-29 Oban Lorne

Oban Lorne U18s recent good run of form continued on Saturday with an impressive 29-15 win away to a combined Uddingston/ Cambuslang side. Coach Gordon Shearer had a strong team to choose from including Oban Lorne 1st XV player Jack Strachan who is still eligible for U18 rugby.
The team made a sloppy start t Saturdays game played at Uddingston RFC but improved as the first half wore on playing at times some of their best rugby this season.
Oban’s defence was outstanding at times as they held the hosts on numerous occasions while they were camped on the tryline. Try scorers for Oban on the day were David Cameron, Kieron Morrison, Ben MacFarlane Barrow and Craig Cook.
The U18s have no league fixture this weekend due to the Autumn Test between Scotland and Australia. The next scheduled game for the U18s is at home to Newton Stewart/ Wigtownshire on the 2nd of December.

U15 Girls T4 Conference
Oban Lorne U15 Girls 27-21 Highland RFC

Oban’s U15 Girls team took on ‘local’ rivals Highland RFC for the first time on Sunday at North Connel. The game was the best showing so far form the Oban Girls who produced some great rugby against a well drilled opposition. Highland made Oban fight hard throughout the fixture with Oban adding a nit of gloss to the scoreline with Rona Shearers last minute try.
The Oban team boasted a squad of 19 players for the game proving that the Development of girls rugby in the area is going from strength to strength.

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